Outside Scholarships and Veterans Benefits

Outside Scholarships

Throughout the year, the financial aid office receives announcements from the legal community with scholarship opportunities. Below is the list of the current announcements. For more information on the individual scholarships, feel free to contact the agency directly.

AAJ Leesfield Scholarship

Sponsored by AAJ, and AAJ member Ira Leesfield, this scholarship will aid a Law Student Member to subsidize attendance at AAJ’s Annual Convention. AAJ's Annual Convention is a great opportunity for the winner to network with top trial lawyers from around the country, attend CLE programs, and meet members of AAJ's New Lawyer DIvision (NLD). This scholarship is available to first- and second-year AAJ Law Student Members. For more information, please see the application.

Amount: $2,500

AAJ Richard D. Hailey Law Student Scholarship

The Richard D. Hailey Scholarship is open to all first and second-year African American, Hispanic, Asian American, Native American, and biracial AAJ law student members.  Those eligible exhibit an interest and proficiency of skills in trial advocacy; express a desire to represent victims; demonstrate a commitment to AAJ and dedication to its mission through involvement in an AAJ student chapter and Minority Caucus activities; and show a financial need for the scholarship. For more information, please see the application.

Arnold & Porter LLP Diversity Scholarship

The firm awards this scholarship to highly qualified first-year students. Each scholarship is paid to the recipient's law school to help finance his or her tuition costs during the second academic year. Qualified
applicants are currently-enrolled first-year law students at an ABA-accredited law school who (a) contribute to the diverse background of their law school's student body; (b) demonstrate strong academic achievement; and (c) demonstrate an interest in promoting diversity in the legal profession. The firm also may take into account a student's need for financial assistance, but such need is not required. For more information, please see the application.

Award: $10,000

George A. Cavalletto Law Scholarship Fund

For more information, please see the application.

Amount: $15,000-$20,000

Deadline: January 31, 2015

Levin and Zeiger, LLP Scholarship

For more information, please see the application.

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: January 31, 2015

Arthur E. Wallace Scholarship

For more information, please see the application

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: February 2, 2015

La Raza Lawyers Association - Central Valley Chapter Hon. Mario G. Olmos Scholarship

For more information, please see the application.

Deadline: February 20, 2015

USD Alumni and Class Legacy Scholarships

For more information, please see the application.

Deadline: February 28, 2015

American Bar Association Legal Opportunity Scholarship

For more information, please see the application.

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: March 2, 2015

Goodwin Proctor Public Interest Fellowships for Law Students of Color and MassMutual/Goodwin Public Interest Fellowships for Law Students of Color

The Goodwin Public Interest Fellowships for Law Students of Color offer financial awards to students of color who work in public interest positions the summer after their first year of law school. Selected fellows are guaranteed a "straight-to-callback" interview with a Goodwin Procter office of their choice in the fall interviewing season during their second year of law school. Fellows are also invited to participate in some of our summer associate program events during their summer at the public interest organization. For more information, please see the application.

Deadline: March 13, 2015

JVS Scholarship Program

For more information, please see application.

Deadline: March 15, 2015

Fredrikson & Byron Minority Scholarship Program

First-year law students are encouraged to apply to the Fredrikson & Byron Minority Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded based on law school performance, professional references, work and other activities, writing samples and personal interviews. The scholarship program is part of Fredrikson's commitment to the promotion of diversity among incoming law professionals. The purpose of the program is to promote the legal training of minority law school students and to encourage them to join and excel in the private practice of law within larger corporate law firms in the Upper Midwest. The program was established jointly by the Fredrikson & Byron Foundation and Fredrikson & Byron in 1990. For more information, please see the application.

Amount: $15,000

Deadline: March 31, 2015

2015 Animal Legal Defense Fund Advancement of Animal Law Scholarships

For more information, please see the application.

Deadline: April 17, 2015

The Wallin & Klarich Scholarship

For more information, please see application.

Award: $3,000

Deadline: April 30, 2015

Leukemia & Lymphoma Awareness Law School Scholarship

The Law Office of Renkin & Associates is pleased to announce the creation of a scholarship offer. It was established to provide financial support to a law student whose life has been impacted by Lymphoma or Leukemia and is seeking to continue their education through law school. For more information, please see application.

Award: $1,000

Deadline: April 30, 2015

Michigan Auto Law Diversity Scholarship

As part of their commitment to diversity, Michigan Auto Law is pleased to sponsor an annual Scholarship Program to provide financial support to students who contribute to the diversity of the law school student body as they pursue their legal career. For more information, please see the application.

Award: $2,000

Deadline: May 1, 2015

Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Law Student Diversity Scholarship

Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. are proud to present this scholarship to a law student who is either a member of an ethnic, racial, or other minority or demonstrates commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career. For more information, please see the application.

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: May 31, 2015

Ladah Law Firm, PLLC Injury Scholarship

For more information, please see the application.

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: May 31, 2015

Bankruptcy Law Center Scholarship

For more information, please see the application.

Deadline: June 15, 2015

Marine Appreciation Law School Scholarship

With the cost of rising tuitions, the Open Tax Resolution Law Student scholarship has been started as a way to contribute to the families who have sacrificed so much in order to allow their loved ones to serve and protect our country through their military service. It was established to provide financial support to a law student whose life has been impacted by a family member serving in the Marine Corps and who is seeking to continue their education through law school. For more information, please see the application.

Award: $1,000

Deadline: June 30, 2015

Davis Levin Livingston Scholarship

For more information, please see application.

Amount: $3,000

Deadline: July 15, 2015

Juvenile Justice Law School Scholarship

Tiftickjian Law Firm, P.C. are committed to juvenile justice and want to encourage young people to pursue a career in law and hopefully make a difference to someone in their careers. They have discovered that nothing matters more in the early life of a youth charged with a crime than lawyers, legal professionals, and judges who are committed to defending the rights of the youth. For more information, please see the application.

Award: $1,000

Deadline: July 31, 2015

Law Office of Steven Fritsch Scholarship

For more information, please see the application.

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: July 27, 2015

Vision Zero Auto Awareness Law School Scholarship

Vision Zero is a multi-pronged attack on the causes of traffic accidents. It uses improved road safety, driver education, and increased enforcement of traffic laws. This combination has been shown to dramatically reduce the number of traffic fatalities, and Boston Attorney John Sheehan is trying to raise awareness of the potential by offering a scholarship to students willing to focus on the issue
of traffic safety. 
For more information, please see the application.

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: July 31, 2015

Yanez & Associates Family Law Scholarship Program

The Family Law Offices of Yanez & Associates is pleased to announce their annual essay scholarships. The essay contest is open to all current law students and prospective law students awaiting admission. There will be two winners. First place: $2,000.00 and second place: $1,000.00. The goal of the scholarship is to motivate students to pursue a career in family law. For details on how to submit your essay, please visit our website for details, terms and conditions.

Deadline: August 31, 2015

Writing Competitions

Students can also win monetary prizes and a chance to be published through various writing competitions. Check the writing competitions web page for a list of opportunities.

Veterans Benefits

All School of Law programs are approved for veterans' benefits. Eligible students should contact their regional V.A. office.

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